Rising costs drive Wake schools' construction over budget
Posted May 13, 2015
Updated May 14, 2015
Cary, N.C. — Garner High School’s current building has seen plenty of history since it was built in 1967.
It will soon be replaced by a 4-story building. But changing times have even surpassed the soon-to-be-built facility.
“The contractor cost, that is going up,” said Kevin Hill, a Wake County school board member who sits on the district’s facilities committee. “The other thing is the infrastructure cost. That is going up, too.”
Other costs, including land value, have pushed the district’s construction projects over budget:
- More than $7 million for Garner High
- More than $6.2 million for Green Level High in Cary
- More than $6 million for Pine Hollow Middle in Raleigh
- Nearly $3.7 million for Scotts Ridge Elementary in Apex
Additional construction costs total nearly $50 million extra the district has to spend, a necessary expense due to Wake schools’ growing student population.
“It is shifting some funding in order to complete some projects,” Hill said.
School leaders are also considering a school construction bond proposal for next year.